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Best Dog Food for Heart Health

Karan French

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Karan French

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Karan is a senior researcher at the Dog Food Advisor, working closely with our in-house pet nutritionist, Laura Ward, to give pet parents all the information they need to find the best food for their dog.

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Updated: May 8, 2024

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Laura Ward

Laura Ward

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Laura studied BSc (Hons) Animal Science with an accreditation in Nutrition at the University of Nottingham, before working for eight years in the pet food and nutrition industry.

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What’s the best dog food for supporting heart health?

Around 8 million dogs in the United States suffer from heart disease and roughly 95% of those are diagnosed later in life, so early detection and treatment is vital.

There are multiple types of heart disease including valvular degeneration and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, but the causes of heart disease in dogs can vary depending on breed, size, age, and lifestyle.

If you suspect your dog may have a problem with their heart, seek advice from your veterinarian immediately. They will run tests to diagnose the issue and help to prepare a treatment plan to help manage the condition. In later stages of heart disease, this is usually to make your dog more comfortable rather than cure them.

Preventing heart disease in dogs can be difficult due to the varying causes, and in some cases such as congenital heart disease, it is impossible to prevent.

However, some dog foods have been formulated to promote your dog’s heart health. These recipes include:

  • Added taurine
  • Omega 1
  • Fat levels under 20% DM

These foods are not a replacement for veterinary advice, but are a way of optimizing your dog’s diet to make sure it is not worsening the problem.

Below, we have compiled a list of the best dog food for heart health. You’ll also learn the answer to each of the most frequently asked questions we get about a dog’s heart health.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which breeds are most prone to heart problems?

Some breeds are more susceptible to developing heart problems or have a history of hereditary heart disease. Some of the breeds at a higher risk from heart problems are:

  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Dachshund
  • Miniature Poodle
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Boxer
  • Golden Retriever
  • Schnauzer
  • Great Dane
  • Wolfhound
  • Labrador Retriever

What are the symptoms of heart disease in dogs?

Dogs with heart problems will find everyday activities much more difficult. Symptoms of heart disease in dogs can include:

  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing or panting
  • Weight loss
  • Lethargy
  • Getting tired quickly on walks or during play
  • Bloating of abdomen
  • Weakness and/or collapse
  • Back leg weakness or paralysis

What is the treatment for heart disease in dogs?

Treatment for heart disease in dogs depends on what type of heart problem they have, what has caused it, and what stage of heart disease your dog is in. If your dog is in the early stages, your veterinarian will most likely want to monitor the condition and ask you to return for regular check-ups.

Common treatments for heart disease in dogs include medication, lifestyle changes, and surgery.

It is also worth noting that most heart disease cannot be cured as it is progressive, so treatment is a way of slowing the condition and reducing symptoms and discomfort.

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